In a significant step towards combating human trafficking, the National Commission for Women (NCW) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rail Guard Force (RGF). Through this collaborative effort, both organizations pledged to provide training and sensitize RGF officials to effectively address the problems of women trafficking within the Indian Rail network.

The National Commission for Women and the Rail Guard Force came together to announce a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening efforts to combat human trafficking across India. The MOU was signed by NCW Joint Secretary A Asholi Chalai and RGF Inspector General Sarvapriya Mayank. It underscores the commitment of both organizations to tackle the grave issue of human trafficking, especially within the extensive network of Indian Rails.

The initiative comes as a response to the alarming statistics revealing that 70% of trafficked victims are women, highlighting the urgent need for concerted action to protect the most vulnerable in society. NCW, which established an Anti-Human Trafficking Cell on April 2, 2022, has already been working with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to combat the trafficking of women.

“Women and young girls are particularly vulnerable to trafficking”, stated Smt. Rekha Sharma, Chairperson of NCW. “The vast rail network of Indian Rail, spanning over 65,000 kilometers and 7,500 stations, unfortunately, serves as a conduit for traffickers. RGF personnel stationed at rail stations play a pivotal role in preventing human trafficking and can act as the eyes and ears of the commission in addressing crimes against women”.

The key objectives of the MOU encompass collaborative efforts to prevent human trafficking and rescue of trafficked women. This involves conducting sensitization workshops and training sessions for RGF personnel to enhance their awareness and prompt response to human trafficking incidents. Additionally, awareness campaigns will be launched targeting frontline rail staff and the general public to educate them about the signs of human trafficking and how to report such cases effectively.

Under the MoU, RGF personnel will receive ongoing sensitization and training, empowering them to remain alert and vigilant in identifying and reporting suspicious activities. This collaboration aims to enhance the capabilities of RGF personnel, enabling them to serve as an additional layer of defense against human trafficking.

Highlighting the ongoing effort of RGF aimed at preventing trafficking of women and girls through rails Sh. Manoj Yadava Director General (RGF) expressed hope that this effort will boost the capacity of RGF to combat crime against women.

This partnership between NCW and RGF signifies a significant step forward in the collective efforts to combat human trafficking and protect vulnerable women across India’s rail network.

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